Past Events

The Human Rights Center has hosted or co-sponsored major international conferences on emerging issues in human rights research and humanitarian law.

FEATURED PAST EVENTS

FALL 2010

Monday, December 6, 6:00pm
Fifty Years Later: Human Rights and Social Reconstruction in Africa

World Affairs Council Auditorium
312 Sutter St., Second Floor, San Francisco

As countries across the continent of Africa celebrate 50 years of independence, millions of Africans still face daily violence and human rights abuses. Although the American media occasionally provides a picture of violence in Africa, what does life on the ground really look like? Peter Orner and Annie Holmes, co-editors of Hope Deferred, and Patrick Vinck, Director of the Initiative for Vulnerable Populations at the UC Berkeley Human Rights Center, will describe two countries, Zimbabwe and the Central African Republic, that are both dealing with crippling poverty and ongoing human rights abuses. They will also offer their thoughts on how these countries, with their different histories, can move forward.

A full description and readings for the event are available here.

Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2, and Dec. 7, 2010, 4:30-6:00pm
Multidisciplinary Approaches to Human Rights Workshop

145 Boalt Hall

What does human rights work look like in practice?

This non-credit workshop will explore various methodological approaches to human rights across disciplinary divides. Human rights advocates use traditional qualitative and quantitative methods as well as photography and film documentary, forensics, and historical analysis. Speakers will share examples from their work in human rights.

Students from all disciplines are encouraged to attend; no registration required. Refreshments will be provided.

September 7 – “Ways of Thinking About Human Rights Research”
Eric Stover, Faculty Director of the Human Rights Center 

Recommended Reading:John Berger, Ways of Seeing. Penguin Books (1972).

October 5 – “Unsaid or Unheard: The Limits of Observation and Human Rights Statistics"
Megan Price, Statistician at Benetech

Recommended Readings:

November 2 – “Covering Human Rights Issues in the Congo – 100 Years ago and Today"
Adam Hochschild, Lecturer at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

Recommended Readings:

  • Adam Hochschild, King Leopold’s Ghost. Pan Macmillan (1998).
  • Adam Hochschild, “Blood and TreasureMother Jones Magazine (March/April 2010).

December 7 –  “International Human Rights Litigation in the United States”
Kathy Roberts, Attorney at the Center for Justice and Accountability

Recommended Readings:

Articles listed under recommended readings may be accessed via the UC Berkeley Library's E-Journal Titles. Books are on reserve under the workshop title at the main Law Library at Boalt.

Workshop Contact: Kristin Reed, Human Rights Fellows Program Director, kreed@berkeley.edu.

Sponsored by the Human Rights Center, Boalt Hall Committee on Human Rights, and The Thelton E. Henderson Center on Social Justice.

November 4, 3pm-6pm
Detention, Interogation, Torture, and the Legal Profession

Booth Auditorium, Boalt Hall

The foundational values of our legal system are at stake in United States national security programs. This symposium seeks to promote a clear understanding of the responsibilities of lawyers, the organized bar, and law students in the context of interrogation and torture. Participants include Mark Danner, a journalist whose investigations into government programs have led to several books, Jameel Jaffer, Director of theAmerican Civil Liberties Union Center for Democracy, and other prominent scholars. View announcement here.

November 4, 10am-6pm
UC Human Rights Fellows Conference

Home Room, International House

Every fall, the UC Human Rights Fellows Conference brings together inspiring human rights researchers and advocates to present their fellowship projects. Graduate students work with leading organizations in the field on cutting edge human rights projects.

View full schedule here.

The Human Rights Fellowship Program is sponsored, in part, by generous contributions from Thomas J. White, the Tang Opportunity Fund, the UC Berkeley School of Law, UC Office of the President, and individual donors.

October 27th, 6pm
Kakuma Refugee Camp Film Screening

North Gate Library

What happens when refugees tell their own stories?

Over the summer Becky Palmstrom worked with Film Aid International in Kakuma Refugee camp in Kenya. Together with 30 young refugees from Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Congo, Uganda and Kenya they produced four short documentaries about life in the camp. Becky will be screening the documentaries and talking about participatory video and its implications for humanitarianism and citizen journalism.

View event flyer here.

Presented by The Graduate School of Journalism, the Human Rights Center, the Center for African Studies.

October 26th, 6-8pm
Presumed Guilty (Presunto Culpable)

World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., San Francisco

Lawyers-turned-filmmakers Roberto Hernandez and Layda Negrete set out to exonerate a man sentenced in Mexico to 20 years in prison for homicide with no physical evidence. In the process of making the film, they put the Mexican criminal justice system on trial. Join us to view the film the Wall Street Journal called "a nightmarish journey into Mexico's legal system lifted from the pages of Franz Kafka."

A 90-minute screening of Presumed Guilty will be followed by a discussion with the filmmakers, who will share their experiences filming inside the Mexican prison and judicial systems, and their plans to release the film commercially in Mexico. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles.

Advance registration is recommended for guaranteed seating. For more information about this event, visit the World Affairs Council website.

This event is cosponsored by the ACLU of Northern California and the UC Berkeley Human Rights Center.

October 21st, 6-8pm
CJA: Seeking Justice for Survivors and Holding Human Rights Abusers Accountable Through Litigation

121 Steuart Street, 2nd floor Board Room San Francisco

On June 1st of this year, the Somali community celebrated a monumental victory with the 9-0 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Samantar v. Yousuf -
a case that the Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) filed on behalf of five survivors of the brutal Siad Barre regime against General Mohamad Ali Samantar, Minis of Defense and Prime minister of Somalia under Siad Barre. Exactly one month later, CJA filed a lawsuit against Carlos Mario Naranjo (aka Macaco), leader of one of the largest blocks of the notorious paramilitary group known as the United Self Colombia (AUC), for overseeing extrajudicial killings, forced disappearances, and crimes against humanity in the Middle Magda region of Colombia. A week after that, CJA filed a professional misconduct complaint against psychologist Dr. John Francis Leso for his role in designing the abusive interrogation techniques used on detainees in Guantánamo. These are just a few of CJA’s active cases.

Come join us in discussing these cases as well as CJA’s other work to obtain justice on behalf of survivors and victims of human rights abuses around the world.

Refreshments will be available. For more information, see the event flyer here. To RSVP, contact Maria DeGaetano: mdegaetano@cja.org or 415-544-0444.

Sponsored by the San Francisco Bay Area Darfur Coalition.

October 17th, 2pm
Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today

Mill Valley Film Festival; CineArts@Sequoia, 25 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley

Speaking across time and generations, Stuart Schulberg's extraordinary film of the first Nuremberg trial is, simply, essential viewing. Recently restored by the filmmaker's daughter, Sandra Schulberg, and Josh Waletzky, it is the official account of one of the most important, groundbreaking trials of all time and the first incorporating extensive use of film as evidence. Yet, for political reasons, it was not released in US theaters in its own time.

Following the structure of the trial itself, it is a compelling courtroom drama that reveals the brilliance of the Allied prosecutors' approach. Their four-count case systematically builds by utilizing the irrefutable words, deeds and images — both still and moving — of the Nazi party itself, in a blistering indictment of the men on trial for crimes against humanity. It is a time capsule containing essential wisdom and, indeed, holds a lesson for today and for all time.

For more information, visit the Mill Valley Film Festival's website.

Presented in association with San Francisco Jewish Film Festival and The Human Rights Center, U.C. Berkeley

October 12th, 4:00-6:30pm
Enemies of the People

110 Boalt Hall

The Khmer Rouge ran what is regarded as one of the twentieth century’s most brutal regimes. Yet the Killing Fields of Cambodia remain unexplained—until now.

In Enemies of the People, winner of the 2010 Sundance World Cinema Special Jury Prize: Documentary, the men and women who perpetrated the massacres – from the foot-soldiers who slit throats to the party’s ideological leader, Nuon Chea aka Brother Number Two – break a 30-year silence to give testimony never before heard or seen.

Unprecedented access from top to bottom of the Khmer Rouge has been achieved through a decade of work by one of Cambodia’s top investigative journalists, Thet Sambath. Sambath is on a personal quest: he lost his own family in the Killing Fields. The film is his journey to discover why they died. In doing so, he hears and understands for the first time the real story of his country’s tragedy.

After years of visits and trust-building, Sambath finally persuades Brother Number Two to admit for the first time in detail how he and Pol Pot (the two
supreme powers in the Khmer Rouge state) set out to kill party members whom they considered ‘Enemies of the People’. But Sambath’s remarkable work goes one stage further: over the years he befriends a network of killers in the provinces who implemented the kill policy. For the first time, we see how orders created on an abstract political level translate into foul murder in the rice fields and forests of the Cambodian plain. Sambath’s work is a watershed both in Cambodian historiography and in the country’s quest for closure on one of the world’s darkest episodes.

Following the screening of Enemies of the People, director Rob Lemkin will discuss his work in a Q&A session. Read more about the film in the New York Times.

The film is free and open to the public.

Event contact: Melissa Carnay, Program Officer: mcarnay@berkeley.edu.

Co-sponsored by the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Asian American Studies Program/Department of Ethnic Studies, War Crimes Studies Center, Asian Law Caucus, International Human Rights Law Clinic, and the Bay Area Video Coalition.

September 30th, 7pm
Earth Made of Glass
Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema, San Francisco

Years later, the 1994 Rwandan genocide still leaves deep scars. Director Deborah Scranton’s powerful film looks at the wounds that remain through the stories of two men trying to expose the truth of what happened 15 years earlier. Following the screening, a panel discussion will address the functions, roles and processes of documentary film as a form of investigative journalism.

Presented by the San Francisco Film Society. More information is available on the SFFS website.

 

September 9, 6:30pm
John Bul Dau: Lost Boys Go Back to Sudan

The Commonwealth Club Office, 595 Market St.. San Francisco

At 13, Dau became one of the 27,000 orphaned lost boys of Sudan. He fled one of the worst civil wars in near history, walked for 3 months and survived starvation and disease to come to the United States. Today, the former Lost Boy leads the global community in a fight to transform Sudan’s health care. After his ordeal, he raised the $1,000,000 needed to build a medical clinic in his home village. His work inspired business and nonprofit leaders worldwide to help him create the John Dau Foundation for sustainable health care for all men, women and children in south Sudan. Dau has been named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2008 and was the subject of the award-winning documentary God Grew Tired of Us. Join INFORUM as they honor Dau with INFORUM's 21st Century Visionary Award for opening the world’s eyes to the Sudanese health-care crisis we may not have seen.

Cost: $12 members, $20 non-members, $7 students (with valid ID)

Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/JohnDauFB or call 415-597-6718

September 8, 12-2pm
Taking Stock of the ICC: Outreach, Victim Participation, and the New U.S. Strategy

470 Stephens Hall

Earlier this year, the International Criminal Court (ICC) conducted its first review conference to consider amendments to the Rome Statute (the treaty establishing the ICC) and reflect on international criminal justice for the world's worst crimes. Held in Kampala, Uganda, a number of States Parties, non-state nations, civil society organizations, and NGO's participated in the stocktaking and evaluation discussions, with victim and witness participation and outreach being a major theme. The U.S. delegation to the conference turned a corner in the U.S. relationship to the Court from outright hostility to a strategy of "principled engagement."

At this lunchtime presentation, Rita Maran, human rights and international law activist and lecturer at the University of California, will share her experiences lobbying the United States Congress on its participation with the ICC and discuss the U.S. government's involvement with the
court.

Faculty Director Eric Stover of the Human Rights Center will discuss his experiences from the conference as moderator of the stocktaking exercise on victim and witness participation, as well as present his work in exploring outreach strategies for international courts and war crimes tribunals.

Download the flyer here. Refreshments will be provided. RSVPs encouraged to Melissa Carnay at mcarnay@berkeley.edu.

Co-sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee, United Nations Association-USA East Bay Chapter, and San Francisco Bay Area Darfur Coalition.

SPRING 2010

April 27, 12:30 to 2pm
Rob Quinn, Executive Director, Scholars At Risk Network
The Power of Ideas: Behind the Scenes

470 Stephens Hall

Rob Quinn, the founding Executive Director of the Scholars At Risk Network, will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the power of ideas as it plays out on contemporary intellectual battlegrounds from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.  Based on lessons learned from thousands of academics, researchers, writers, artists and activists who suffered because of their research, writing and speaking out, Mr. Quinn will discuss the dynamics behind the power of ideas. Why are ideas so ‘dangerous’? What means are used to eliminate them? And, how can we change the dynamics to more effectively protects ideas and knowledge-producers? 

Visit co-sponsored by UC Davis School of Law and the UC Office of the President. RSVP requested to hrc [at] berkeley.edu.

April 26, 7 to 9PM
Invisible Children: The Legacy Tour

International House, Chevron Auditorium, 2299 Piedmont Ave.

The Pacific Northwest team of Invisible Children will screen their documentary GO in the Chevron Auditorium at International House. Following the film, representatives of Invisible Children will speak, along with Jacob, a Ugandan and former child soldier, and take questions from the audience.

Co-sponsored by: International House, Human Rights Center, Center for African Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies Department, and International Area Studies. ASUC Sponsored. ADA Accessible.

April 21, 4:30 to 6:30pm
Youk Chhang, Director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia
2010 UC Berkeley-UCLA Distinguished Visitor from Southeast Asia
Connecting the Broken Pieces after the Cambodian Genocide: Legacy as Memory of A Nation
International House, Home Room, 2299 Piedmont Ave.

Highlighted as one of Time's Top 100 People Who Shape Our World, by Senator John Kerry, Youk Chhang is the Director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam), where he leads Cambodian efforts to collect and organize data on the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge period.

Visit sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asia Studies.

April 8, 3:30 to 6:30pm
Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law at Berkeley Law
Goldberg Room, Boalt Hall

With the addition of the Human Rights Center to the Law School's roster of research centers, Berkeley Law is home to one of the most comprehensive, globally active, and student-oriented human rights programs of any top law school. Join faculty, staff, and students for an afternoon symposium highlighting innovative research and opportunities for student involvement. A keynote address by Michael Posner (Boalt '75) will be followed by panel discussions on "Armed Conflict and Accountability" and "Justice and Transition."

Sponsored by the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, Human Rights Center, International Human Rights Law Clinic, and the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law.

April 6, 12:40pm
Helping Rebuild a Post-Conflict State: Opportunities and Challenges in Sierra Leone
Room 145, School of Law (Boalt Hall)
**Lunch provided**

Elan Emanuel ’09 describes his work last fall in Freetown, Sierra Leone, where he worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the government Decentralization Secretariat and helped rebuild government capacity in the wake of the country's 10-year civil war.

Elan worked as a fellow under the auspices of the Miller Institute and International Professional Partnerships for Sierra Leone (IPPSL). 
IPPSL is a new NGO that provides legal and other technical assistance to the government of Sierra Leone, along with capacity building, by placing law school graduates and other professionals to work in government ministries, departments and agencies throughout Sierra Leone. This unique opportunity allows students and graduates to apply their skills and contribute to a historic post-conflict reconstruction effort, while working closely with high-ranking government officials.

Come learn more about Elan's work and available opportunities!

Sponsored by The Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law and
International Professional Partnerships for Sierra Leone.

Co-sponsored by the Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights, Berkeley Journal of International Law, Center for African Studies, and Human Rights Center.

March 2, 5pm
Defending Common Ground: Human Rights in India and Pakistan
Ali Dayan Hasan and Meenakshi Ganguly, Human Rights Watch

Moderated by Shashi Buluswar
10 Stephens Hall, Center for South Asia Studies

Senior South Asia experts Ali Dayan Hasan and Meenakshi Ganguly will give a briefing on the situation in Pakistan and India. Ali Dayan Hasan (Lahore) and Meenakshi Ganguly (Mumbai) work together to expose and prevent human rights abuses in Southern Asia. Their indisputable research has placed strategic pressure on governments in the region. They will share their personal experiences investigating and reporting on both sides of the conflict in Kashmir, and examine the challenges to security in India and Pakistan that have come to dominate today's headlines.

Hosted by the Center for South Asia Studies.

March 10, 12:30 to 1:30pm
Preventing Genocide: A Conversation with Mark Hanis
Mark Hanis, President, Genocide Intervention Network
470 Stephens Hall

Genocide Intervention Network was founded in 2005 to mobilize the first permanent anti-genocide constituency committed to stopping the worst atrocities around the world. Join founder and President Mark Hanis as he discusses GI Net's current efforts to counter genocide and protect civilians.

Co-sponsored by the SF Bay Area Darfur Coalition, the American Friends Service Committee, UNA-USA East Bay, and the Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights.

RSVP requested: hrc [at] berkeley.edu.

March 31, 4pm to 6pm
Social Entrepreneurship in a War Zone
Tamalpais Room, David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way, Berkeley

Speaker: Scott Gilmore,  Executive Director and founder of Ottawa-based
NGO Peace Dividend Trust
Moderator: Matt Flannery, Co-Founder and CEO of Kiva

Please join Scott Gilmore, winner of the 2010 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, as he discusses the work of his NGO, Peace Dividend Trust (www.peacedividendtrust.org); Rory Stewart and Turquoise Mountain Foundation, and the Altai Group in war zones. Matt Flannery, co-founder and CEO of Kiva (and a 2008 recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship), will moderate the discussion.

Admission is free to this public event, made possible by the Consulate General of Canada San Francisco/Silicon Valley in partnership with the Human Rights Center and the International Human Rights Law Clinic at UC Berkeley School of Law; the Blum Center for Developing Economies at UC Berkeley; Global Initiatives@Haas; and the Religion, Politics and Globalization Program at UC Berkeley.

February 18, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Sound and Image: Exploring Human Rights in Film
A screening of excerpts from two films by 2009 Human Rights Fellows
Berkeley Center for New Media Commons, 340 Moffitt Library

Carolina Fuentes, Social Documentation Program, Santa Cruz

OUR RIGHT TO SING (20 min.) explores the power of music in constructing a collective memory of the civil war in El Salvador as a means to counter the right wing political agenda aiming to silence the country’s dark past. Musicians tell us how, during two decades of military dictatorship terror, they defended their right to create popular art and use song as a powerful voice in the struggle for social justice. They also reflect on how music continues to inspire Salvadoran communities and organizations to fight against impunity and broker true peace through justice.

Karl Baumann, Digital Arts and New Media, Santa Cruz

LEBENVERSE: LIVING VIDEO MEMORY (60 min.) moves from the intersection of the first Persian Gulf War and the Rodney King incident to current digital landscape issues surrounding Iraq War videos, the Oscar Grant Oakland BART murder case, and the Iranian "twitter revolution". In exploring these events, the project maps out the development of video technologies from an evidentiary tool against state violence towards a more robust social space for political solidarity and participation. Conducting interviews with academics, human rights activists, and veterans, the film creates a forum for exploring these events and intervening in our assumptions of media and power. This historical narrative is reflexively grounded through my partner's experiences and photos of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots and my visual war dioramas I drew while living near Ft. Stewart, Georgia during the first Gulf War. Interweaving these multiple perspectives and experiences, this film captures the critical, practical, and emotional elements of each event to construct a layered and complex account of these histories and their entangled relations to our contemporary world.

Watch a preview of Karl's documentary.

Lebenverse: Living Video Memory Trailer from Karl Baumann on Vimeo.

Lebenverse: Living Video Memory Trailer from Karl Baumann on Vimeo.

February 1, 12pm (Brown Bag Lunch)
International Criminal Court Outreach and Interactive Radio for Justice with Wanda Hall
North Gate Hall, UCB Journalism School

Wanda Hall, Director of Interactive Radio for Justice (IRFJ) has used media to help improve awareness of and involvement in the International Criminal Court proceedings for many years. Radio programming is key to reaching many people in developing countries and to communicate efficiently with victims and potential witnesses of crimes in remote areas. HRC will co-host a program with the UCB Graduate School of Journalism and the Center for African Studies to explore how to improve the efficacy of the International Criminal Court around the world and promote accountability for human rights abuses.

January 26, 12:30-1:30
Critical Factors Shaping the Future of Sudan: A Roundtable Discussion at HRC with The Hon. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth and Roger Winter
470 Stephens Hall

Noted speakers will examine the alleged human rights abuses committed by President al-Bashir's regime and on-going efforts to improve Sudan's human rights situation.

The Hon. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth is Head of Mission for the Government of Southern Sudan Mission to the United States in Washington, DC, and the former Sudan Peoples' Liberation Movement Representative to the U.S.

Roger Winter has worked on issues of war, humanitarian assistance and civilian protection in Sudan, first as Executive Director of the nonprofit U.S. Committee for Refugees, also as Assistant Administrator of USAID and Deputy Secretary of State's Special Representative on Sudan from 2001 to 2006. Free, more information to follow.

January 15-April 18
Shuttered Lives: A Photographic Exhibit of the Pierre Toutain-Dorbec Collection
Doe Library, North Entrance, First Floor

In the aftermath of the “Vietnam War”, renewed conflict, revolution and mass atrocities provoked a refugee exodus on mainland Southeast Asia of an historically unprecedented scale. At the peak of the crisis, over 1 million refugees from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia sought refuge in camps in Thailand and along the border. Among them were close to half a million Cambodian survivors of the Khmer Rouge auto-genocidal regime, many of them children. The journey across heavily mined, malaria plagued, and violence-ridden jungle, was perilous. Some made it across the border. Many did not.

Pierre Toutain-Dorbec’s photographic collection gives us raw glimpses of life in the conflict zone. The pain, the despair and the hope captured through the lens re-insert humanity into the numbing statistics of the world’s politically displaced. It is a powerful testimonial to the resilience of the human spirit.

See the exhibit flyer for more details.

 

FALL 2009

December 8, 6-7 PM
The New Global Judicial System
World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., San Francisco

Luis Moreno-Ocampo was unanimously elected as the first Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in 2003. His mandate is to select and trigger investigations and prosecutions of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community, such as genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. He has opened investigations into the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Darfur and the Central African Republic, and analyzed alleged crimes under the jurisdiction of the Court in Georgia, Colombia, Kenya, Afghanistan, Côte d’Ivoire, Palestine and Guinea. 

Prior to joining the International Criminal Court, Prosecutor Moreno-Ocampo had a distinguished career as a prosecutor in Argentina, where he played a key role in the trials connected with the transition from dictatorship to democracy. Dr. Moreno-Ocampo was the Deputy Prosecutor in the “military juntas trial,” the first case against top commanders responsible for mass atrocities since the Nüremberg trials, and served as prosecutor of the Federal Criminal Court of Buenos Aires from 1987 to 1992. During those years, he participated in prosecutions against guerrilla leaders and military rebellions. He also conducted a great number of prosecutions against public officials for corruption. Upon his resignation in 1992, Dr. Moreno-Ocampo founded a private law firm specialized in corruption control. He was a board member of national and international NGO’s and was visiting professor at both Stanford and Harvard Universities.

Visit the World Affairs Council website for more details.

This event is co-sponsored by the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley.

November 15, 3-5 PM
Art and Human Rights: Reflections on Fernando Botero and The Abu Ghraib Series
Berkeley Art Museum

This panel discussion is presented in conjuction with the Berkeley Art Museum's exhibition of Colombian artist Fernando Botero's Abu Ghraib paintings depicting torture in the US military's "war on terror."

Featured Speakers and Presenters:

  • William O'Neill, Associate Professor of Social Ethics, JSTB
  • Rebecca Gordon, Instructor of Ethics, USF
  • Pamela Blotner, Artist, educator and curator
  • Munir Jiwa, Director, Center for Islamic Studies, GTU

Moderated by Laurel Fletcher, Clinical Professor of Law; Director, International Human Rights Law Clinic, UC Berkeley.   

Presented by the Center for the Arts, Religion and Education, an affiliate of the Graduate Theological Union.

More Information 510-849-8285
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November 13, 12 PM
Lecture: The Great African War: Congo and Regional Geopolitics, 1996-2006
652 Barrows Hall

Filip Reyntjens is Professor of African Law and Politics & Chair of the Institute of Development Policy and Management (IOB), University of Antwerp. His lecture is presented by the Center for African Studies, Dutch Studies, and the Human Rights Center.

November 13, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Canada, Humanitarian Intervention, and "The Responsibility to Protect"

Ida Sproul Room, International House

This symposium will explore the international community's role in protecting serious violations of human rights. It will reflect Canada's influential participation in responses to mass atrocity crimes since the end of the Cold War.

The event, hosted by the Canadian Studies Program, will locate "Responsibility to Protect" and humanitarian intervention in the broader context of post-Cold War humanitarian crises and attempts at UN reform.

Featured Speakers and Presenters:

  • The Honourable Lloyd Axworthy, President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg; formerly Canada's Foreign Minister from 1995 to 2000
  • Jeremy Kinsman, Regents' Lecturer, University of California at Berkeley, 2009-10
  • Neil MacFarlane, Lester B. Pearson Professor of International Relations, University of Oxford
  • David Trim, Walter C. Utt Professor of History, Pacific Union College
  • Fergus Watt, Executive Director, World Federalist Movement- Canada

To learn more about the symposium and view the agenda, visit the event website.

November 5, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Reception to Follow
UC Human Rights Fellows Conference
Home Room, International House

The Annual UC Human Rights Fellows Conference brings together some of the most inspiring young human rights researchers and advocates to present their summer fellowship projects. Graduate students work with leading organizations in the field and bring current human rights issues to the UCB campus community. Session topics range from environmental justice to civil rights and legal cases. Save the date, updates on session schedules will follow.

View the conference schedule, program, and video clips.

The Human Rights Fellowship Program is supported by Thomas J. White and Leslie Scalapino, the Tang Opportunity Fund, the UC Office of the President, and the UC Berkeley School of Law.

October 28, 5:30-7:30 PM
Columbian Paramilitaries in the United States: A Victim's Quest for Truth and Accountability

Goldberg Room, Boalt Hall

In 2001, paramilitary commander Hernan Giraldo forcefully disappeared and
murdered Julio Henriquez, an environmentalist, for interfering with his drug
trafficking empire. Though convicted of this crime in Colombia, Giraldo’s 2008 extradition to the U.S. for drug trafficking blocked redress for the victims of one of this hemisphere’s most violent criminals. Along with 14 other extradited Colombian paramilitaries in U.S. custody, Giraldo may never be held accountable for human rights abuses.

The International Human Rights Law Clinic and Wilson, Sonsini,Goodrich &
Rosati are using the Crime Victims Rights Act tointervene on behalf of
Bela Henriquez, the slain environmentalist’s daughter, in the U.S. drug
prosecution against her father’s murderer.

Featured Speakers:

  • Bela Henriquez
  • Roxanna Altholz, Associate Director of the International Human Rights Law Clinic
  • Dr. Lee-Anne Mulholland, Senior associate at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati

View the event flyer.

Sponsored by: International Human Rights Law Clinic, Human Rights Center, Miller Institute of Global Challenges and Law, La Raza Law Students Association, Boalt Hall Committee on Human Rights, International Law Society and Berkeley Journal of International Law.

October 27, 3-5 PM, Reception to follow
Human Rights Advocacy: Mobilizing Action in the Visual Age
Seaborg Room, Faculty Club

Human rights advocates and political communicators have long used a “shame and blame” strategy to shape public opinion, affect policy or legal issues and steer public life. The tremendous impact of imagery in this media-saturated world is not in dispute, but how modern photography, film, Internet, YouTube and 24-hour news channels have changed human rights documentation and advocacy is ripe for discussion. In this participatory dialogue three presenters will trace the impact of imagery and media on public events and pose questions for small group discussions among those in attendance. A reception will follow the dialogue.

Featured Speakers and Presenters:

  • Thomas Keenan, Director, Human Rights Project, Bard College
  • Trevor Paglen, artist, writer, and experimental geographer
  • Edwin Okong'o, journalist, New America Media

This event is co-sponsored by the Townsend Center, Berkeley Center for New Media, Goldman School of Public Policy, and the RockRose Institute. It is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged. To RSVP, please visit the event's registration page.

October 20, 7-9 PM
Film Screening: Not Yet Rain

Home Room, International House

Not Yet Rain, a short film by Lisa Russell, produced in association with the international NGO Ipas, explores abortion in Ethiopia through the voices of women who have faced the challenge of trying to find safe reproductive health care. Through their stories, we see the important role that safe abortion care plays in the overall health of women and their families.

Anu Kumar ’85, executive vice president of Ipas, will lead a discussion following the film about the global need for safe abortion care to achieve women’s rights. Ipas is a nonprofit organization that works around the world to increase women’s ability to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights, and to reduce abortion-related deaths and injuries.

Event Contact: 510-642-8338

Sponsored by Center for African Studies, International House, and the School of Public Health

October 12, 4 PM
UCSF School of Medicine and Global Strategies for AIDS Prevention Roundtable

UCSF, Room 225-N, Nursing School
Stephen Lewis

UCSF School of Medicine and Global Strategies for AIDS Prevention are hosting a presentation, roundtable and individual conversations with Stephen Lewis, the UN’s first Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. Professor Lewis will speak at 4:00 pm, followed by a roundtable and Q&A at 4:50, to conclude at 5:30.

Roundtable discussants:

  • Shari L. Dworkin, Ph.D., M.S., Associate Professor, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Affiliated Faculty, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS), University of California, San Francisc
  • Ruth Greenblatt, M.D., Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Medicine, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics, and Director, Women’s Specialty Program, University of California, San Francisco
  • Joel Paul, Professor and Associate Dean, International and Graduate Programs, University of California Hastings College of the Law

Download the flyer for more details regarding the roundtable.

September 14, 4 PM
Cambodian Democracy and Human Rights Under Siege: One Woman's Fight
Goldberg Room, Boalt Hall
Mu Sochua, Member of the Cambodian Parliament

Opposition leader, pro-democracy campaigner, social worker, and women's rights advocate Mu Sochua (MSW alumna '81) will discuss her years battling sex trafficking, domestic violence against women, government corruption and land grabs in Cambodia, as well as the court case that has now attracted the attention of the UN High Commission on Human Rights. As one of the most outspoken members of the Cambodian parliament, Mu Sochua has taken on the Prime Minister in a test of her country’s legal system. In a series of events that began last year, Mu Sochua recently had her parliamentary immunity stripped and will now face a defamation suit brought against her by Prime Minister Hun Sen. Hers is one of at least six cases in which the Cambodian government is currently using the courts to silence opposition leaders, journalists and human rights groups, reports the Asian Human Rights Commission.

To learn more about Mu Sochua and the case brought against her, check out these articles by The Washington Post and the School of Social Welfare.

This event is sponsored by the School of Social Welfare, and co-sponsored by the University of California, Berkeley Human Rights Center, the Boalt Hall School of Law International Human Rights Law Clinic and the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law. It is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact the School of Social Welfare: http://socialwelfare.berkeley.edu/(510) 643-5433  mailto:mhermon@berkeley.edu

September 12, 8:30am-5:30pm
Gender Based Violence: Our Duty to Protect and Heal
UC Hastings School of Law

200 McAllister Street, San Francisco

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Jorge Bustamante, U.N. Special Rapporteur on Migrants

Featured Speakers and Presenters:

  • Karen Musalo, Director, UC Hastings Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (CGRS)
  • Dr. Uwe Jacobs, Clinical Director, Survivors International (SI)
  • Jayne Fleming, Esq. - ProBono Counsel, ReedSmith; Board of Directors (SI & CGRS)
  • Muadi Mukenge, Director, SubSaharan Africa, Global Fund for Women
  • Chris Nugent, Esq. - Senior Counsel, Holland & Knight
  • Nilofar Aslami, MD -Forensic Physician & Gynecologist; Afghanistan Organization for the Development of Human Rights: The Forensic Medicine of Gender Based Violence

A suggested donation of $15 is encouraged. To learn more and register for the conference, visit the conference's Eventbrite page.

August 18, 12:30 PM
The United Nations Experience with the Guatemalan Conflict: Understanding the Past, Preparing for the Future
120 Boalt Hall
Dr. Christian Tomuschat, Former U.N. Commissioner, United Nations Commission on Clarification of the Past, Guatemala

SPRING 2009

June 12, 3 PM to 5 PM
Health and Human Rights in Gaza: Evidence from the Frontlines CGPH Seminar Series

Stephens Lounge, MLK Student Union
Dr. Mads Gilbert, hosted by Professor Jess Ghannam (UCSF)

A professor and physician based in Tromsø, Norway, Dr. Mads Gilbert has participated in numerous international emergency medical missions and training projects in war and post-conflict zones in Lebanon, West Bank, Gaza, Iran, Burma, Cambodia, Afghanistan, and Angola. During the most recent conflict in Gaza, Dr. Gilbert was one of a few foreign physicians on the ground, in a period when foreign journalists were barred from entry. Dr. Gilbert has published several articles in The Lancet about his experience and has been interviewed extensively by the international media, including CNN, BBC and Al-Jazeera.

Please contact cgph@berkeley.edu with questions.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Global Public Health, Human Rights Center, Institute of International Studies, and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

May 4 and 5
Soul of the New Machine: Human Rights, Technology and New Media
Clark Kerr Campus

April 23, 1 PM, Keynote address, 5 PM
Boalt Hall, Room 110 2009
Stefan A. Riesenfeld Symposium
Beyond the Bush Era: International Human Rights Law Looking Forward

The 2009 Riesenfeld Symposium will examine the current status of human rights law, with a focus on how the framework of this legal system has been affected by the Bush Administration's approach to international human rights law. The Symposium will bring together students, scholars, and legal practitioners in a discussion that aims to refine and expand our understanding of how human rights norms operate in both the domestic and international contexts. Symposium speakers include Martha Davis, John Bellinger, Constance de la Vega, Steven Watt, Dinah Shelton, and Elise Keppler, and will each speak on a panel discussing either the development of using human rights norms in the US domestic sphere, or the impact and legacy of the past administration's often controversial stances on international human rights law. Philip Alston, world-renowned scholar in international human rights law, is keynote speaker and recipient of this year's Riesenfeld award for outstanding contribution to the field of international law.

For more information on the symposium, please visit to our website.

Co-sponsored by the Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights, Berkeley Journal of International Law, and the Human Rights Center.

April 23, 12 PM 
2223 Fulton St., 6th floor conference room

David Trim, Pacific Union College; Visiting Scholar, Canadian Studies Program

A distinctively Canadian take on international relations? An assessment of the origins, strengths and weaknesses of Responsibility to Protect Co-sponsored with the Canadian Studies Program and the Religion, Politics, and Globalization Program

April 22, 7 PM
Lecture on the Armenian Genocide
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall
Dr. Roger W. Smith, Professor Emeritus, College of William and Mary

Dr. Smith has received the "Movses Khorenatsi Medal" which was awarded by the President of Armenia to individuals "for their prominent contributions in the fields of culture, arts, literature, education, and humanities.” It is the highest award given by the President of Armenia. He has served as
President of the International Association for Genocide Scholars, chairman of the Zoryan Institute's Academic Board of Directors, and as a council
member of the Institute on the Holocaust.

Co-sponsored with the Armenian Students Association and ASUC

April 20, 6 PM
Rwanda, Congo and The Great Lakes Region:  A Tribute to Alison Des Forges
Geballe Room
Townsend Center for the Humanities, 220 Stephens Hall

This panel discussion is dedicated to Alison Des Forges, a historian and
human rights activist, who was senior adviser in the Africa Division
of Human Rights Watch for nearly 15 years. She had warned of a
possible genocide in early 1993, helped mobilize policymakers and the
public against the genocide in 1994, and later, as an expert witness,
helped convict many génocidaires at the International Criminal
Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and in Belgian and Swiss courts. Her
magisterial account of the Rwandan genocide, Leave None to Tell the
Story (1999) earned her the MacArthur "genius" award.

NYTimes Obituary
Tribute by Human Rights Watch

Panelists
Sarah Freedman, Professor, Graduate School of Education 
Georgette Gagnon, Director, Africa Division, Human Rights Watch
Timothy Longman, Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies, Vassar College
Michael Watts, Professor, Geography Department
Adam Hochschild, moderator, Graduate School of Journalism

With opening remarks by Darian Swig, Member of the Human Rights Watch Board of Directors and the Human Rights Center’s Advisory Board

Co-sponsored with Human Rights Watch and Center for African Studies

April 8-9
Bearing Witness to Atrocity: A MacArthur Symposium on International Criminal Justice
Please join us for three public events that will explore the international justice mechanisms currently at work and highlight the role of victims and witnesses.

Two panel discussions will take place in the Geballe Room of the Townsend Center for the Humanities, Stephens Hall. They are free and open to the public.

April 9, 7 PM
Liberia's Struggle for Peace and Justice
A Lecture by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia and Author of This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa's First Woman President
Moderated by Adam Hochschild
International House, Chevron Auditorium

CalTV Journalism provides an excerpt of President Sirleaf's lecture.

General admission: $20
Students and World Affairs Council members: $10

Doors open at 5 PM for security screening. Please arrive by 6 PM. Read this important security information.

Sponsored By:
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
International Journal for Transitional Justice
Institute of War and Peace Reporting
World Affairs Council of Northern California
Center for African Studies
Rotary International Peace Fellows
International House

April 9, 3 PM to 5 PM
Victims of War Crimes and the Search for Justice

The International Criminal Court has been heralded as a "victim's court" but how will the Court make good on this promise?  This panel will explore the challenges faced in bringing the voices of victims into criminal proceedings and what international courts and tribunals have done to meet some of these challenges. Audio (mp3)

  • Fiona McKay, Chief of the Victims Participation and Reparations Section of the Registry of the International Criminal Court
  • Heather Ryan, Open Society Justice Initiative, Monitor for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia
  • Eric Stover, Faculty Director, Human Rights Center
  • Harvey Weinstein, Senior Research Fellows, Human Rights Center

April 8, 4 PM to 6 PM
Giving Voice to the Voiceless: Bringing Stories of Atrocity to the World

Journalists from Africa will discuss the critical need to bring Africa's evolving story of atrocities and justice to the world at large. They will provide first-hand accounts of the impact on families of the terror campaign waged by the Lord's Resistance Army rebels in northern Uganda, and the devastating consequences of the sexual violence against women by all sides in the conflicts in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Trained by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, they investigate the work of the International Criminal Court in the field. Audio (mp3)

Sponsored by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. Free and open to the public.

April 2, 4 PM
Weak States and Transnational Threats

Seaborg Room, Faculty Club
Dr. Stewart Patrick, Senior Fellow and Director of the Program on International Institutions and Global Governance at the Council on Foreign Relations

Dr. Stewart Patrick is senior fellow and director of the program on international institutions and global governance at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). His areas of expertise include multilateral cooperation in the management of global issues; U.S. policy toward international institutions, including the United Nations; the challenges posed by fragile, failing, and post-conflict states; and the integration of U.S. defense, development, and diplomatic instruments in U.S. foreign and national security policy.

Co-Sponsors
Religion, Politics and Globalization Program
Institute of International Studies

March 18, 4 PM
Understanding Islamist Politics: Internal Debates and Electoral Opposition

Seaborg Room, Berkeley Faculty Club (Map)
Professor Nathan Brown, George Washington University and Professor Mohammed Hafez, Naval Postgraduate School

RSVPs appreciated but not required: 510-642-2474 or ojessie@berkeley.edu

Islamist political parties are flourishing across the Arab world, and their increasingly mainstream influence appears unlikely to diminish in the near future.  To explore the myriad dimensions of Islamist politics, Professor Nathan Brown of George Washington University and Professor Mohammed Hafez of the Naval Postgraduate School will hold a public discussion focused on these influential religio-political movements.  Professor Brown will examine Islamist movements in the Arab world and how the decision to participate in the electoral process affects them organizationally and ideologically, and Professor Hafez will discuss takfir (excommunication in Islam) and the internal debates over Muslim against Muslim violence.

Co-Sponsors
Religion, Politics and Globalization Program
Institute of International Studies
Center for Middle Eastern Studies

March 16th, 11 AM
Facing Genocide: Education and Peace through Image
4529 Tolman Hall, Graduate School of Education
Professor Sonia Fournier

Sonia Fournier is a Professor of Education at the University of Quebec at Rimouski, Canada and Visiting Scholar at the Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley. She has authored two books on Multiple Intelligences and several articles including “Le génocide des Tutsi de 1994: éducation et témoignage par l’image” and “Évocation du génocide des Tutsi: architecture de la mémoire et image.”

The specific context of the genocide of the Tutsi in Rwanda in 1994 led us to reflect on how children whose parents are perpetrators or survivors of the genocide act within their scholastic environment. Perpetrators and victims have lived together for fifteen years, and some children were not born during the genocide. This development obliges the Rwandans to invent a culture of peace in schools in line with the reconciliation politics. What’s more, Rwandan teachers question themselves when faced with the transmission of an exemplary memory that fully respects the child’s development and the avoidance of possible traumas. This research aims, therefore, to elaborate upon, construct, and describe pedagogical tools with image across the history of the genocide.

Co-sponsored by the Language, Literacy, Society and Culture area, Graduate School of Education

March 13, 12:45 PM
Genocide & The International Criminal Court: Challenges and
Strategies for Justice

Boalt Hall, Room 110
Mark Hanis, Genocide Intervention Network

In this lecture, Hanis will explore options for action in two cases: the recent Burmese military attacks against civilians and the ICC indictment of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for violence in Darfur.

Hanis is the executive director of the Genocide Intervention Network,
an organization empowering communities to stop genocide.  He founded
the organization in 2005.  It now boasts 10,000 members, a $3 million
budget, and has hired female police officers to protect Darfur women
from rape. Hanis graduated from Swarthmore College in 2005.  Hanis is
the the grandchild of four Holocaust survivors and was raised in
Quito, Ecuador.

Lunch will be served.  Contact:  Lauren Groth, https://calmail.berkeley.edu/webmail/images/blank.png

Co-sponsored with The Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights and International Human Rights Law Clinic 

March 12, 5:30 PM
Northgate Hall
Peter Eichstaedt, Africa Editor, Institute for War and Peace Reporting

Eichstaedt will be discussing his book, First Kill Your Family: Child Soldiers of Uganda and the Lord's Resistance Army, which focuses on Uganda's 20-year war with rebels of the LRA and its extensive use of child soldiers. The war is one of Africa's largest, yet most under-reported tragedies.

Co-sponsored with the Graduate School of Journalism

February 23, 7 to 9 PM
Ida and Robert Sproul Room, International House
Mario Sanchez, Director of Asociación Pro-Búsqueda
Lecture: In Search for El Salvador's Disappeared Children

Asociación Pro-Búsqueda is an NGO in San Salvador that aims to reunite families torn apart by the armed conflict in El Salvador (1980-1992) and seeks to hold the Salvadoran government accountable for the abduction of children from families who resided in villages where the fighting occurred.
From the 787 registered cases to date, 464 children are still missing. While some of these children were raised in orphanages and by military families in El Salvador, it is suspected that hundreds of other children were adopted in North America and Europe. Pro-Búsqueda's work is supported by UC Berkeley's Human Rights Center and a California-based Alliance of Forensic Scientists who provide technical assistance regarding DNA analysis.

Before Mr. Sanchez's presentation of Pro-Búsqueda's work, we will show a short documentary about a family reunification of an American-Salvadorian Berkeley alum.

Sponsored by the Human Rights Center and International House

February 11, 2009
Guantanamo and Its Aftermath
Eric Stover and Laurel Fletcher discuss their recent report on former Guantanamo detainees.
Listen to the recording of this event.
Co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council

February 5, 3 PM
Wars in the Congo, Part II
Patrick Vinck, Human Rights Center
Dan Fahey, College of Natural Resources
Geballe Room, Townsend Center, Stephens Hall

January 22, 4 PM
Transforming Afghanistan from a Failed to a Viable State

Arif Z. Lalani, Senior Visiting Fellow, Munk Centre for International Studies; Former Canadian Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Jordan

Sponsored by The Institute of International Studies, The Religion, Politics and Globalization Program, The Human Rights Center, International House, Canadian Studies Program. Ambassador Lalani's lecture has been made possible by the generous support of the Office of the Consulate General of Canada, San Francisco | Silicon Valley.

FALL 2008

A select list:

December 10, Noon to 2 PM
Human Rights Day: Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

December 1, 7 PM
Film screening, The Judge and the General

Directed by Elizabeth Farnsworth and Patricio Lanfranco (2008)

November 20, 12 Noon
Perspectives on Wars in Congo

Dan Fahey, Environmental Science, Policy and Management
Patrick Vinck, Director of the Initiative on Vulnerable Populations

November 18, 5 PM
Torture Team: Lawyers, Interrogations, Responsibilities

Philippe Sands, author of Torture Team: Rumsfeld's Memo and the Betrayal of American Values

November 6, 10 AM to 5 PM
Human Rights Fellows Conference

October 30, 4 PM
Fixing Failed States: A View From the Field

Clare Lockhart, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Institute for State Effectiveness

October 20, 12:30 PM
From Army Chaplain to Prisoner: A Personal Account from the Front Lines of Guantanamo

James Yee, author of For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire

October 6, 4 PM
Taxi to the Dark Side and the U.S. War on Terror

Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall
*Podcast available for download. Program begins about 10 minutes into the recording.*

Alex Gibney, Director of the Academy Award–winning documentary Taxi to the Dark Side, will discuss his film, military detentions, and the U.S. war on terror, with Lowell Bergman, UCB School of Journalism.

Co-sponsored by the Townsend Center for the Humanities.

October 5, 4 PM
Film Screening,
Taxi to the Dark Side

September 23, 12:45 PM
Recent Developments in International Criminal Justice

Beth Van Schaak, Professor at Santa Clara University School of Law

September 22, 12:45 PM
Human Rights and BIGLAW?

Kathleen Kelly, Founder and Co-President of SPARK, Fellow at the Stanford International Human Rights Clinic 

September 12, 4 PM
"Justice, Forgiveness, and the Khmer Rouge Tribunals"

Sophal Ear, Associate Professor, Naval Postgraduate School

SPRING 2008

The “War on Terror” and Human Rights

In Spring 2008, the Human Rights Center, along with the School of Law's International Human Rights Law Clinic and Berkeley Project on Law and Terrorism, presented a colloquium on "The 'War on Terror' and Human Rights," a thought-provoking discussion about the methods used to pursue the “war on terror” and its impact on America’s reputation at home and abroad.

April 3, 5 PM
A Question of Conscience: Military Perspectives on the “War on Terror”
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

Col. (Ret.) Lawrence B. Wilkerson, U.S. Army
Lt. Col. V. Stuart Couch, U.S. Marine Corps
Lt. Col. (Ret.) Stephen E. Abraham, U.S. Army Reserve
Moderator: Adam Hochschild, Graduate School of Journalism

American practices in pursuing the “war on terror” have compelled some military officers to speak out in defense of Constitutional protections and international law. They have raised objections to abusive interrogations and unfair court proceedings of detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, and other U.S. military installations.

*Download the event podcast here.

February 28, 5 PM
Does TV Persuade Us That Torture’s OK?
Room 110, Boalt Hall School of Law

Richard Walter, UCLA School of Film, Television, and Digital Media
Spc. (Ret.) Tony Lagouranis, U.S. Army Interrogator
Margaret Stock, Department of Law, U.S. Military Academy (West Point)
David Danzig, Primetime Torture Project, Human Rights First

With soldiers reportedly employing brutal interrogation techniques specifically imitating what they have seen on episodes of “24” and similar shows, this panel considers how popular culture since 9/11 has affected wartime military practice.

Read an article on the topic in The Berkeleyan, "Prime-time torture gets a reality check."

February 7, 7 PM
Keynote Address: Major General (Ret.) Antonio M. Taguba

International House, Chevron Auditorium
Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba led an inquiry into conditions at the military’s Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and is the author of a highly critical report that detailed the abusive interrogatory practices to which inmates were subjected. As a result of his efforts to expose these practices, he was encouraged to retire, which he did in January 2007 after 34 years of active duty. Maj. Gen. Taguba will discuss his investigation of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal and the cost of the U.S.’s “war on terror” to our democratic values, national security and international reputation.

General Taguba was interviewed while on campus as part of the series "Conversations with History," now available online.

Read the interview with General Taguba published in The Berkeleyan, "General says Abu Ghraib scandal will resonate 'for years to come'."

Additional Spring 2008 Events (Select List)

May 5, 1 PM
"A Voice from the Burmese Grassroots"
Aung Kyaw Soe, Human Rights Defenders and Promoters

April 10, 12:45 PM
"The First Lawyer Inside Guantanamo"
Gitanjali Gutierrez, Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights

March 18, 12:45 PM
"The Khmer Rouge Tribunal: Cambodia's Best Hope for Justice"
Heather Ryan, Court Monitor, Open Society Justice Initiative

March 12, Noon
"Living with Fear: Unresolved Conflicts in Eastern Congo"
Patrick Vinck, Director, Vulnerable Population Initiative for Vulnerable Populations

FALL 2007

Regents Lecturer Peter Maass
In October and November 2007 the Human Rights Center hosted Regents Lecturer Peter Maass for a two-week residency and three public lectures. An award-winning journalist, Maass has covered armed conflict in the Balkans and Iraq, as well as other international topics, for The Washington Post, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, and other publications. His book, Love Thy Neighbor: A Story of War (1996), was honored with the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Overseas Press Club Book Prize. His next book focuses on oil and globalization. While at Berkeley, he spoke on:

“The Amazon v. Big Oil: In Ecuador, Chevron Faces Judgment Day”

"From Saddam to Moqtada: A Writer's Odyssey Through Wartime Iraq"

"In the Shadow of Armies: From Iraq to Bosnia, the Tactics and Perils of Reporting on War Crimes"

SPRING 2007

In March 2007, the Human Rights Center presented “Stopping Mass Atrocities: An International Conference on the Responsibility to Protect.” The conference was launched with a keynote address by Lt. General Roméo Dallaire, force commander of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. It continued with a series of speeches and panel discussions, including remarks by the Hon. Gareth Evans, President of International Crisis Group, and Juan Méndez, President of the International Center for Transitional Justice. Visit the conference website for details and links to the webcasts. The conference was co-sponsored by Human Rights Watch and Genocide Intervention Network and was made possible by a grant from Humanity United.

As follow-up to the conference, the Human Rights Center led a research project resulting in the report "The Responsibility to Protect (R2P): Moving the Campaign Forward," published in October 2007.

2001

A 2001 conference on “DNA and Human Rights” brought together researchers, practitioners and activists from the fields of genetics, biotechnology, forensic sciences, criminal law, human rights and ethics to discuss the potential of DNA to address the extraordinary needs of victims of human rights violations. Visit the conference website to read more about the presentations and reports resulting from the event.

1997

Reporting from the Killing Fields: A Conference on Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity, and War (April 1997) addressed historical and legal perspectives of mass atrocities in the American West, Armenia, Southeast Asia, Yugoslavia, and Rwanda. The conference opened with an address by Justice Richard Goldstone, and included participation by legal experts and leading journalists. The conference was co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Journalism, the Institute of International Studies, and the School of Law.